We had this for dinner last night and I had to share it with you. Mackerel pasta is a really great dinner recipe and best of all it is simple, quick and easy to make; perfect for those evenings when you want a really lovely dinner but it’s also a little late and you don’t have too much energy left. You can almost make it in the time it takes to boil the pasta but be prepared as this is a dry pasta, there is almost not sauce, save for a little reserved pasta water to help lubricate the pasta and sauce.
As I said we had this last night, once I eventually got back from the gym and supermarket so it was a little late when I started making this delish pasta. One thing I like about Nigella Lawson’s pasta recipes is that you can generally bang them out in next to no time. We have had this recipe before and last time around I didn’t use the Marsala wine as it felt a little indulgent to buy a whole bottle of it for one recipe. This time I bit the bullet and got a bottle (£4.99 from Morrisons) and after trying it again I think it made a real difference to the dish. Yes you can substitute it with a little red wine or even vermouth if you have it, but the marsala really adds to the nutty, earthy taste of the dish and I think it does need it. Besides it’s not too expensive and you can always have a little glass with dessert!